Overview

At Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth, we are trial lawyers for business.

We deliver defense verdicts in complex professional liability cases. We successfully defend top automotive and pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes mass tort and product liability cases. We are respected, formidable litigators who play by the rules and who know how to win for our clients.

Our success stems from our fundamental understanding of the role litigation plays as part of any business. While most cases never reach trial, our clients and adversaries know that we are skilled in the courtroom, having tried hundreds of cases since the firm was founded in 1995. 

In Chicago and beyond, we know the judges and the judges know us. We value our reputation as sophisticated advocates who avoid unnecessary, wasteful litigation tactics. Our clients benefit from our practical and creative approach to handling matters, as well as the efficiency afforded by working with a small litigation firm.

Our skill and experience in litigation has been recognized frequently. Three of our partners have been elected to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, as many as much larger law firms. Two partners have been recognized by Chicago Lawyer magazine as among the top 20 tort defense lawyers in Chicago.  Five partners have been named among the “Top Ten” lawyers in Illinois in their respective fields of medical malpractice and product liability defense, giving our firm a quarter of the lawyers in Illinois on those lists.

We represent a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from Fortune 50 companies to several of the world’s most prestigious hospitals and academic institutions, as well as individual physicians in every area of medicine. We know that to our clients, every case is unique. We work closely with our clients to develop the best approach for the case to achieve their business goals.